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Barbican announces dates with Jeff Mills, This is The Kit, and Roger Eno

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Jeff Mills, Jean-Phi Dary, Prabhu Edouard: Tomorrow Comes The Harvest

Friday 8 September 2023, 7.30pm, Barbican Hall

Tickets from £20 plus booking fee

Returning for the first time since his performance with the late Afrobeat creator and Nigerian drummer Tony Allen in 2019, Detroit Techno figurehead Jeff Mills brings Tomorrow Comes The Harvest to the Barbican Hall for an evening of improvisation, sound and rhythm.

Tomorrow Comes The Harvest is a theory conceived by Allen and Mills to capture the collective efforts of cross-genre musicians and their vision as to what makes music so special. Each belonging to a long tradition of using music to reach higher levels of consciousness, Tony Allen, Jeff Mills and veteran keyboardist Jean-Phi Dary toured the performance approach together until Allen’s untimely death in 2020. The concept was cemented and primed for continuation though and Mills has since reconfigured the trio to include tabla virtuoso Prabhu Edouard. Together, the trio will explore the unknown with intersecting sounds and rhythm across a series of improvisational movements.

Jeff Mills is considered to be one of the most brilliant DJs and producers of techno in the world. He is the most recognised representative figure of the Detroit techno scene but, for over a decade, has also transcended disciplines with a large number of cross-genre collaborations.

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This is The Kit

Saturday 25 November 2023, 8pm, Barbican Hall

Tickets from £20 plus booking fee

This is The Kit, pseudonym of Ivor Novello-nominated singer-songwriter Kate Stables and her band, return to the Barbican following their Live From The Barbican concert in a locked-down January 2021. With music of trademark cataclysmic honesty and warm tonal embraces, This is The Kit welcome audiences to gather together in the Barbican Hall for an evening of companionship and joyful survival.

Kate Stables has toured with The National, and has earned the adoration of peers, including Guy Garvey and Anaïs Mitchell. Here she will be joined by band mates Rozi Plain (bass/vocals), Neil Smith (guitar), and Jamie Whitby-Coles (drum/vox).

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Roger Eno with string quartet from the LCO

Wednesday 19 April 2023, 7.30pm, LSO St Luke’s

Tickets from £20 plus booking fee

Step through cult British composer and musician Roger Eno’s looking glass into an evening of pastoral, free-flowing and affecting composition, joined by a string quartet from the London Contemporary Orchestra. With the LCO musicians, Eno will be performing material from his critically-acclaimed album The Turning Year (Deutsche Grammophon 2022) against a backdrop of filmic visuals to envelop audiences inside the converted church of LSO St Luke’s.

Considered “a sequence of masterpieces in miniature” by Prog magazine, Roger’s solo debut on Deutsche Grammophon, The Turning Year is an album of grace, melancholy and solace driven by sprawling harmonies and fluid motion. It follows 2020’s Mixing Colours, his first full-length album recorded exclusively with his brother, Brian Eno, and released in the same month that the Covid pandemic forced global lockdowns, when it swiftly became a staple of people’s newly muffled lives.

“The Turning Year is like a collection of short stories or photographs of individual scenes, each with its own character but somehow closely related to the other,” explains Eno. “Listening to it made me think about how we live our lives in facets, how we catch fleeting glimpses, how we walk through our lives, how we notice the turning year.”

Roger Eno lives in a small town on the border of Suffolk and Norfolk. Those two rural counties, with their quiet lanes, medieval churches and waterways, have given focus and intensity to the natural introspection of his music. He has described his creative process as one of “decomposing”- improvising in his studio early in the morning to later strip away all excess from the result to reveal the essence of the piece.

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